Friday, May 13, 2011

Ashton Kutcher Replacing Charlie Sheen on Revamped “Two and a Half Men” - $900k Per Episode

It’s official.

Multiple sources are reporting that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men”.

News broke early yesterday that Hugh Grant was also negotiating a deal but things fell apart at the last minute.

CBS, Warner Brothers, and Chuck Lorre have been franticly trying to revamp the popular sitcom before this months “upfronts” where they will have to announce their final strategy and plans.

Reports say that Kutcher will pull in about $900,000 per episode. CBS executive Les Moonves has already signed off on the deal and soon will announce that “Two and a Half Men” is coming back for Season 9.

We also know that Ashton will NOT be playing the role of Uncle Charley Harper, but rather a NEW character introduced into the show.

Charlie Sheen was fired in January for repeated drug, alcohol, and moral issues.

Related: Charlie Sheen Fired From “Two and a Half Men”
Related: Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones to Headline New “Men”

After news broke that Kutcher was the man he tweeted,

"What's the square root of 6.25?"

If you do the math the answer is, in fact, 2 1/2. Get it?

Insiders say creator Chuck Lorre has developed a clever story line to introduce Kutcher in a way that satisfies the network and studio.

Kutcher, who got his start on the popular “That ‘70s Show” with Topher Grace, has also stared on the big screen in My Boss's Daughter, Dude, Where’s My Car, The Butterfly Effect , What Happens in Vegas, No Strings Attached, and Valentine's Day.

Kutcher also executive produced and starred in the hit MTV hidden-camera series Punk’d.

Kutcher just wrapped filming New Year's Eve, a comedy directed by Gary Marshall that tells the story of the lives of several couples and singles in New York that intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve.

It’s going to be weird seeing Kutcher walking around on the set of “Two and a Half Men” but we’re willing to give him a chance. I’m already way past Charlie Sheen at this point.

You can see the CBS, Warner Bro's, Lorre press release here.

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